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with Jonny hepbir

Gypsy jazz bites

Django Reinhardt style guitar mini lessons

 

These mini lessons contain different techniques for improving left/right hand co-ordination whether you're a beginner or more advanced player.

 

Gypsy Jazz guitar lessons available one-to-one, online and workshops.

 

Please email info@jonnyhepbir.co.uk for all enquiries.

GYPSY JAZZ BITES 1

A four note 'bluesy' phrase that can be played over any major chord.

In this video I play the phrase over an 'A' chord using the notes A, D, C, C#. In the first part I'm demonstrating the phrase in context over a tune. In the second part I play the phrase slow over a standard 'A' chord on the 5th fret demonstrating the fingering and picking I use.

As with all the Gypsy Jazz Bites videos, the phrases/rhythms can be used in different contexts over songs played in a Gypsy Jazz style.

GYPSY JAZZ BITES 2

Groovy rhythm.

 

This is a technique that can be used during a solo and 'dig in' with the rhythm section.

 

In the first part I'm demonstrating the rhythm in context over a Django style 12 bar blues in the key of 'C'.

 

In the second part I play the rhythm slower over a 'C6' chord on the 8th fret.

 

You can use the rhythm with any chord sequence.

 

These mini lessons contain different techniques for improving left/right hand co-ordination whether you're a beginner or more advanced player.

GYPSY JAZZ BITES 3

Classic Gypsy Jazz phrase over a minor blues.

 

In the first part I'm demonstrating the whole phrase in context over a Django style 12 bar minor blues in the key of G minor, based on the basic chord sequence using G minor, C minor and D7.

 

It consists of two minor arpeggios, G minor and C minor linked with a small diminished arpeggio suggesting a G7 followed by a diminished arpeggio run down over the D7 with resolving arpeggios at the end.

 

In the second part I play the phrase very slowly so the notes/positioning/picking can be worked out.

 

The third and fourth parts are faster speeds to practice over, finishing with the original clip when up to speed.

 

These are great arpeggios for improving picking and the diminished run triplet accents switch between 2 and 1 note per string.

 

As with all the Gypsy Jazz Bites videos, the phrases/rhythms can be used in different contexts over songs played in a Gypsy Jazz style.

 

These mini lessons contain different techniques for improving left/right hand co-ordination whether you're a beginner or more advanced player.

GYPSY JAZZ BITES 4

Rhythmical Arpeggios.

 

This is a technique that can be used for playing over whole chord sequences.

 

In the first part I'm demonstrating the arpeggio technique in context over a tune.

 

In the second part I play the technique slowly using over a standard 'Bb' triad (Bb - D - F) from the 8th fret demonstrating the fingering and picking I use.

 

As with all the Gypsy Jazz Bites videos, the phrases/rhythms can be used in different contexts over songs played in a Gypsy Jazz style.

These mini lessons contain different techniques for improving left/right hand co-ordination whether you're a beginner or more advanced player.

GYPSY JAZZ BITES 5

Minor Swing Study.

 

This is a short study over the chord sequence of Minor Swing.

 

The 'A' section has a classical feel with ascending string-skips on the 'D' and 'B' strings starting on the 5th fret.

 

The 'B' section is a descending arpeggio sequence on the 'A', 'D' and 'G' strings starting on the 5th fret.

 

I demonstrate each part slowly and then together slightly faster.

 

As with all the Gypsy Jazz Bites videos, the phrases/rhythms can be used in different contexts over songs played in a Gypsy Jazz style.

 

These mini lessons contain different techniques for improving left/right hand co-ordination whether you're a beginner or more advanced player.

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GYPSY JAZZ BITES 6

In this video I demonstrate Gypsy Jazz rhythm guitar using the main chord sequence for the standard 'What Is This Thing Called Love'.

 

There are four different tempos and I play round the whole sequence once (AABA) for each speed.

 

Although there are a few chord variations/substitutions that can be used in the tune, I've tried to keep them as simple as possible to concentrate on the rhythm consistency.

 

'A' Section - Gmin7b5 C7 Fmin Dmin7b5 G7 C6/9. 'B' Section - F9 Bb Ab7 G7.

 

I'm hearing the metronome click on the '2' & '4' to demonstrate the swing feel.

 

The only version with any slight rhythmical accents or 'stabs' is the medium one. The others are played straight with no accents to demonstrate a consistent left/right hand rhythm.

 

I'm also comping 4 to the bar with my chord hand on every version.

 

There are quite a few variations of 'La Pompe' out there but this is generally how I play if accompanying a soloist in a regular Gypsy Jazz duo/trio setting.

 

1. Slow - good for learning Gypsy Jazz rhythm and encouraging an even feel.

 

2. Medium - a bit more pumpy and encouraging a consistent swing feel.

 

3. Fast - pushing the tempo up but keeping everything even.

 

4. Faster - more demanding for both hands but a good tester for consistent rhythm accents.

 

All the versions are good to play along with if you're new to this style of rhythm or for practicing 'stabs'/accents over if you're getting into that aspect of Gypsy Jazz rhythm.

 

These mini lessons contain different techniques for improving left/right hand co-ordination whether you're a beginner or more advanced player.